‘Back in my day we didn’t have to hear about sex all the time’: Screen siren Raquel Welch blasts porn-saturated culture

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113858/Back-day-didnt-hear-sex-time-Screen-siren-Raquel-Welch-blasts-porn-saturated-culture.html

By Daniel Bates

PUBLISHED: 11:29 EST, 12 March 2012 | UPDATED: 12:40 EST, 12 March 2012

She has made a career out of being one of the sexiest women in the world.

But now Raquel Welch has claimed that our culture is saturated with pornography and that everyone is a ‘sex addict’.

The Hollywood legend said that we are so obsessed with sex that that we equate happiness with ‘having as many orgasms as possible’.

She claimed ‘this era of porn’ was responsible – and that men rather than women are exploited because they can’t control their libidos.

Welch’s comments will have a certain irony for a generation of men for whom she has long been a sultry icon.

The 71-year-old has reigned as a sex symbol ever since she emerged from behind a rock wearing a doeskin bikini in the 1966 classic One Million Years BC.

The poster took pride of place on the bedroom walls of millions of adolescent boys and made her a star.

But in an interview with Men’s Health US Welch said: ‘I think we’ve gotten to the point in our culture where we’re all sex addicts, literally.

‘We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in. I think this era of porn is at least partially responsible for it. Where is the anticipation and the personalisation?

‘It’s an exploitation of the poor male’s libidos. Poor babies, they can’t control themselves.’

Welch, who has been married four times, added that she does not care if people think she is prudish because she is sure she is right.

She said: ‘I don’t care if I’m becoming one of those old fogies who says: ‘Back in my day we didn’t have to hear about sex all the time’.

‘They’re ruining us with all the explanations and the graphicness. Nobody remembers what it’s like to be left to form your own ideas about what’s erotic and sexual.’

Mother-of-two Welch also opened up about the fur bikini she wore in One Million Years BC and admitted that people still ask her about it ‘every day’.

At the time of filming, however, she did not even want to wear it and hoped it would just be ‘swept under the carpet’.

Her breakthrough role: Raquel in this bikini is considered one of the defining images of the 1960s
Her breakthrough role: Raquel in this bikini is considered one of the defining images of the 1960s

Her breakthrough role: Raquel in this bikini is considered one of the defining images of the 1960s (left), she later donned armour for The Magic Christian with Beatles legend Ringo Starr (right)

Welch said: ‘I went to the director, Don Chaffey, very early in the shoot and said: ‘Don, may I have a word with you?’

‘And he sighed and said, ‘Yeah, what is it?’…. ‘Well, I’ve read the script,’ I said, ‘and I’ve been thinking.’

‘And he turned to me and said, ‘Don’t’…It was a completely non-verbal object that wasn’t allowed to talk more than necessary.’

She added: ‘It was great stuff for kids, but maybe not the ideal way for an actress to enter the moviemaking scene. I even complained to the studio. I was like, ‘Please, please don’t make me do the dinosaur movie.’

 

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